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Charlotte Performer Wants To Give The National Anthem New Meaning At All-Star Game

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Charlotte’s own R&B star Anthony Hamilton will perform the national anthem at the 68th annual NBA All-Star Game Sunday. Hamilton said he hopes he can put a new meaning on the Star Spangled Banner.

“It’s a big game, a big moment here for Charlotte, North Carolina," Hamilton said. "For me, being a native here and being able to be the face and the voice of the national anthem... I can represent for my people who had some struggle at accepting that song again.”

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The national anthem, of course, has been a source of contention — particularly in the NFL, with several players kneeling in protest of social injustice. Hamilton said he wants his performance to make people feel good.

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“You know, with Colin Kaepernick and all that stuff — the song has taken a hit," the singer said. "But there are still people who died and fought, so I just want to acknowledge them while I’m singing. Hopefully, my soul will open up and people can feel that.”

Hamilton said he wants to sing as a proud American, while also taking a stand for people who are mistreated.

Another North Carolina native, rapper J. Cole, will perform during the game’s halftime show. He grew up in Fayetteville.